2012: Papers, Presentations and Policy Briefs

CPRafrica 2012/CPRsouth7                        

CONNECTING AFRICA & ASIA: ICT policy research and practice for the Global South                       

 5 – 7 September 2012 (preceded by Young Scholars seminar 3-4 September 2012)                          

Balaclava, Mauritius           


Day 1

Session 1

 09h15 – 10h15  

Panel discussion – Regional perspectives from the Global South

Moderator: Khaled Fourati (IDRC)

Rohan Samarajiva (LIRNEasia), Roxanna Barrantes, (DIRSI), Alison Gillwald (RIA), Jean Paul Simon (EuroCPR)


Session 2

10h45 – 12h30   

Growth, Poverty, & Sustainability

Chair: Jean Paul Simon (EuroCPR)

Discussant: Roxana Barrantes (DIRSI)


  • ICT Access & Usage among informal businesses: A Case of 9 African Countries – Mariama Deen-Swarray, Mpho Moyo & Christoph Stork


  • Variations in the relationship between ICTs and poverty: a comparison of policies in three African countries – Kathleen Diga, Fortune Nwaiwu, & Paul Plantiga




  • Usage de L’internet et fracture numerique au Benin: une analyse à partir du genre. – Inès Djohodo Monwanou


Session 3

14h00 – 15h45   

Evidence of evidence

Chair: Taruna Ramessur(University of Mauritius)

Discussant: Tim Kelly (The World Bank)



  • The impact of mobile termination rates on retail prices in three African countries – Alison Gillwald & Christoph Stork



  • The development of the Information and Communication Technology satellite account from National Account for South Africa – Kevin Geddes


  • Appropriation of Mobile Cellular Phones by Working Women: Case of Malawi – Flora Mpazanje & Wallace Chigona



16h15 – 17h30

Infrastructure challenges 

Chair:Zhong Liu (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics)

Discussant: Kammy Naidoo (FinMark Trust/ RIA Associate)


  • Regulation of infrastructure sharing in Sub-Saharan Africa – Aude Schoentgen




  • Internet going mobile: Internet access and usage in eleven African countries – Enrico Calandro, Christoph Stork & Alison Gillwald


Day 2                    

 Session 5

08h30 – 09h30   

Panel discussion – The challenges of content regulation in the digital era

Moderator: Nadia Bulbulia (RIA Board Member)

Pirongrong Ramasoota (Chulalongkorn University), Leo Van Audenhove (EuroCPR/ IBBT-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Supriya Singh (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)


Session 6

09h30 – 10h45   

e-systems & management

Chair: Chunhui Yuan (School of Economics & Management, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications)

Discussant: Colin Blackman (info/Emerald)



  • Case study of e-waste management in Kenya: Towards an e-waste management framework – Jecton Tocho & Tim Waema


  • Assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of electronic payment systems in financial institutions. The case of commercial banking sector in Tanzania – Joan Valentine

Session 7

11h15 – 12h30   

Public e-services

Chair: Godfred Frempong (CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Institute/ RIA network member)

Discussant: Supriya Singh (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)





12h30 – 14h00                   

Session 8

14h00 – 15h15   

ICT in agriculture / BoP 

Chair: Tim Waema (University of Nairobi/ RIA network member)

Discussant: Sangamitra Ramachander (University of Oxford)





Tea break                           

15h15 – 15h45                   


Session 9

15h45 – 17h00   

Expert Policy/Regulatory Panel

Moderator: Laurent Elder (IDRC)

Discussants: Wangay Dorji (Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority), Payal Malik (Competition Commission of India – on Deputation from University of Delhi), Koesmarihati Sugondo (Directorate General of Posts and Telecommunications, Indonesia), Dan Faugoo National Computer Board (Mauritius)

Day 3                    



Session 10

8h30 – 10h00     

Democracy, Governance & Regulation

Chair: Wallace Chigona  (University of Cape Town)

Discussant: Leo Van Audenhove (EuroCPR/ IBBT-SMIT Vrije Universiteit Brussel)


  • Centrist Television in a Democratic South Africa: Policymakers Fail to Answer the Regional/Local Question – Chris Armstrong


  • Do the institutional arrangements of the Kenyan and Ugandan parliaments facilitate the ICT sector reforms processes? – Cecilia Matanga


  • Analysis of ICT4D Strategies for Developing Nations in Socio-economic and Political Crises: Zimbabwe Case – Edina Susan Farai Nyemba & Wallace Chigona


  • An analysis of the telecommunications regulatory framework in Tanzania, strengths and weaknesses: the case of competition – Mugisha P. Bisanda



Tea break                           

10h00 – 10h30                   


Session 11


10h30 – 11h45   

Information rights, privacy and security

Chair: Ravina Aggarwal (Ford Foundation)

Discussant: Pirongrong Ramasoota (Chulalongkorn University)



  • Privacy invasion and exposure in Social Media: Learning with Facebook – Patient Rambe




Session 12

11h45 – 12h45   

Closing panel – Whither ICT policy research in global South?

Moderator: Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India)

Discussants: Roxana Barrantes (DIRSI); Rohan Samarajiva (LIRNEasia); Alison Gillwald (RIA); Suraj Ramgolam (Ministry of ICT, Government of Mauritius)


Lunch    12h45                   

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